Storm Recap. It's rough when you're right on the rain-snow line. That was certainly the case with this last storm; a 1-9" range in snowfall amounts just across the metro area. 1" in Jordan, 9" at Andover. If I went on the air and predicted 1-9" I'd be locked up for being barking mad! But that's precisely what happened. Alexandria picked up a cool foot, with some 15-20" amounts in the Duluth area. Had the storm not hooked 100 miles farther north, pulling milder air 4,000 to 6,000 feet above the Twin Cities last night, we'd be digging out from 6-12" in the downtowns. As it was everything shifted about 50-75 miles farther north. Much of the metro did see a plowable snow - a lot of people relieved they didn't have to shovel out from under a foot of cold, slushy glop. The ice didn't help matters either, a few hours of glaze ice during the wee hours of the morning snapping some trees, especially north/west metro. Word to the wise: if you like snow get out there this weekend, possibly the best weekend of winter for snowmobiling and cross country skiing. Considering we may reach 50 in the metro by next Tuesday you should take advantage of this (rare) late winter snow.
* photo above courtesy of Tricia Frostad in Chanhassen, where ice accumulated to a depth of about 1/10th of an inch, enough to bring down 3-5" diameter trees.
Snowfall Totals. Here's a good update from the local NWS office, showing the amazing range in snowfall amounts across the metro area. An inch or two southern suburbs, 2-4" in the downtowns, as much as 8-9" for the northern suburbs from Elk River to Ham Lake, Andover and Osceola.
More Amounts. Here are more details on how much snow fell across the state.
Wild And Windy Wednesday Along The North Shore. Check out some of these wind speeds in the Duluth area. Gale force winds.
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Weather trends look good for the next 3 days. Whether you're golfing, leaf peeping or picking apples, dry weather looks to persist through early next week. Check the blog for more details. -Todd Nelson
Wednesday sure looked and felt like autumn under a gray sky with a cool breeze. We stand a better chance of spying the sun today with temperatures mellowing close to 70F by tomorrow. No more heat waves - and a welcome lack of downpours into Tuesday of next week. Meanwhile we're keeping an eye on "Matthew" in the Caribbean. Will this be our October surprise? Too early to say.
The big story is news that we had not one, but two mega-rain events this past summer, based on forensic data and investigation by the Minnesota Climate Office and DNR. These sprawling areas of flooding appear to be on the increase; we've experienced at least 7 of these events since 2000. Somehow we get a break in the puddle treadmill with cool sunshine the rule from today into the weekend. Good timing for the Ryder Cup. Have you heard it's in town town? I had no idea. I'm just gratified we were able to squeeze in a big, glitzy, high-visibility international event - in between floods.
A large area of low pressure centered over Ontario is responsible for this windy nonsense. While wind gusts won't be quite as strong as they were Monday, we'll still have a nagging breeze to combat as you meander about outdoors. The low clouds surrounding the storm system will also make an appearance again Tuesday with passing showers that will likely be present during the afternoon hours. Check the blog for more details. -Todd Nelson
As the stubborn storm drifts east, a ridge of high pressure builds in allowing sunshine and dry weather to persist for several days. Golfers and golf fans will be appreciative of the downpour free forecast as the Ryder Cup comes to town this week. Check the blog for more updates. -Todd Nelson
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